Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City

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Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City
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Cover of first edition
AuthorMatthew Desmond
Audio read byDion Graham[1]
Cover artistNina Mangalanayagam (floor photo)[2]
Pavel Shynkarou (wall photo)[2]
Jake Nicolella (design)[2]
CountryUnited States
SubjectSociology, poverty, low-income housing
Set inMilwaukee, Wisconsin, U.S.
Publication date
March 2016
Media typePrint (hardback)
LC ClassHD7287.96.U6 D47 2016

Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City is a 2016 non-fiction book by the American author Matthew Desmond. Set in the poorest areas of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the book follows eight families struggling to pay rent to their landlords during the financial crisis of 2007–2008. It highlights the issues of extreme poverty, affordable housing, and economic exploitation in the United States.[3][4] Desmond advocates for a universal housing voucher program from the U.S. government for families below a certain income threshold so that they pay no more than 30 percent of their income on housing.[5]

The book won the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction. The Pulitzer committee selected the book "for a deeply researched exposé that showed how mass evictions after the 2008 economic crash were less a consequence than a cause of poverty".[6] It also won the 2016 National Book Critics Circle Award,[7] the 2017 PEN/John Kenneth Galbraith Award for Nonfiction,[8] the 2017 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Nonfiction Award,[9] the 2017 Hillman Prize for Book Journalism,[10] the 2017 Chicago Tribune Heartland Prize[11] and the 2018 Order of the Coif Book Award.[12]

Desmond discusses the book at the 2017 National Book Festival


  1. ^ "Evicted by Matthew Desmond". Penguin Random House Audio. Retrieved March 26, 2020.
  2. ^ Desmond, Matthew (2016). Evicted. PenguinRandomHouse.
  3. ^ Feature: Poverty and Profit In the American City by Matthew Desmond. The Crown Publishing Group. Retrieved May 27, 2017.
  4. ^ Desmond, Matthew (2016). Evicted. PenguinRandomHouse.
  5. ^ The Pulitzer Committee. "Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City, by Matthew Desmond". pulitzer.org. Retrieved May 27, 2017.
  6. ^ Reid, Calvin (March 17, 2017). "Louise Erdrich, Matthew Desmond Win 2016 NBCC Awards". Publishers Weekly. Retrieved May 27, 2017.
  7. ^ "2017 PEN/JOHN KENNETH GALBRAITH AWARD FOR NONFICTION". pen.org. PEN America. January 18, 2017. Retrieved May 27, 2017.
  8. ^ "Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction & Nonfiction | Awards & Grants". ala.org. Archived from the original on January 16, 2016. Retrieved May 27, 2017.
  9. ^ "2017 Hillman Prizes". hillmanfoundation.org. Hillman Foundation. Retrieved May 27, 2017.
  10. ^ Schoenberg, Nara (May 4, 2017). "'The Underground Railroad,' 'Evicted' win Tribune's Heartland Prizes". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved May 27, 2017.
  11. ^ "Order of the Coif Book Awards". orderofthecoif.org. The Order of the Coif. Archived from the original on August 23, 2016. Retrieved September 27, 2018.